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Anri Sala

Toward the beginning of Andrei Tarkovsky’s science-fiction film Stalker (1979), three men, including the eponymous guide, stand at the edge of the “zone,” a mysterious off-limits realm said to contain a room where one’s innermost wishes may be granted. As the camera peers through a burned-out military vehicle at the apprehensive trio, framed in silhouette from behind, a short monologue ensues regarding what they might encounter beyond. A rupture between sight and sound occurs as one man looks back at the camera just as another begins to speak, creating an uneasy pairing of portent and disorientation that overturns expectations of conventional narrative and point of view. As one entered Anri Sala’s Purchase Not By Moonlight, 2008, a similar sense of crossing into the uncanny pervaded.

Envisioned as a single installation of four videos and two sculptures, the show incorporated older works

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